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Optimizing Blight Strategies

Optimizing Blight Strategies

New Orleanians are rightfully concerned about blighted properties. Although blight has declined substantially since 2008 thanks to billions of federal housing dollars, New Orleans still has 43,755 blighted homes or empty lots. This 2010 report includes a review of economic and housing trends that are effecting blight, a broad set of principles to help guide various efforts to eliminate blight in New Orleans, and an analysis of neighborhood housing markets. Finally, this report provides recommendations … Read entire article »

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Blight Reduction Strategy

Blight Reduction Strategy

An analysis by Justin Kray As a City Planner and former lead architect of the BlightStat program while working at OPA, I am in a unique position to offer some deeper insight on this story. There are many interconnected issues at work here, but the central question is how effectively the City executed upon the blight strategy, and the danger of using “Stat” meetings to create positive spin in the public sphere. This seems especially important … Read entire article »

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

courtesy the Urban Conservancy What’s Wrong with This Picture?  A Public Forum on Yard Paving Excessive paving in the required front and corner lot side yard areas, as well as public green spaces between sidewalk and street, is a growing concern in New Orleans. It can negatively impact property values, public safety and area drainage systems. The Urban Conservancy invites you to learn more about why excessive paving is occurring, what you can do about it, and … Read entire article »

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CITY AUCTION PRODUCES MIXED RESULTS

CITY AUCTION PRODUCES MIXED RESULTS

$368,000 for 200 North Alexander to bidder #5. A well-known Faubourg St. John resident who lives on the bayou and a man from Chicago were rumored to be the back-n-forth bidders. $280,000 for the Laurel Street Firehouse by bidder #21. No bids were received for the other 4 properties in today’s City auction. Buy this May 17th (TODAY) 2552 St. Philip article courtesy City Business Six city properties will be sold at auction next week, with officials looking to … Read entire article »

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BlightStat Revisited

BlightStat Revisited

by Charlie London I took a new job about six months ago that no longer allows me to attend the BlightStat meetings on a regular basis as I once did. It was great to see the movers-and-shakers again today that keep fighting blight in our city. The folks pictured above are the unsung heroes that, like you, are passionate about moving New Orleans forward. The Code Enforcement Department continues to lead the pack with over … Read entire article »

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Construction Celebration

Construction Celebration

http://fsjna.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Esplanade+Bike+Path+Study1a.pdf click on the announcement for a larger view Tuesday | March 5th Meet under the big dome on the bayou –> Holy Rosary cafeteria at 3368 Moss Street in beautiful Faubourg St. John *** Barriere Construction Company will begin the Esplanade repaving project on March 6th. One lane of traffic will remain open on each side of Esplanade during the project. Dean Burridge sent in this report on January 12, 2013: The $5M project has been coordinated with the Sewer & … Read entire article »

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Relentless Bandit

Relentless Bandit

Have you seen those Discount Tree Cutting signs? Those plywood signs that are 4 feet by 4 feet in size posted about 15-20 feet high on utility poles throughout the city? These signs have been diligently removed by citizens but this sign bandit continues to post them throughout the city despite warnings from officials. Many of the signs get put right back up where they were taken down. It is against the … Read entire article »

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Be a Blight Czar

Be a Blight Czar

You can be the “Blight Czar” for your neighborhood right at your computer. Go to http://blightstatus.nola.gov and enter the name of any street in your area to see what’s been done about that blighted house down the block. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Maybe it wasn’t reported yet. Click here –> http://blightstatus.nola.gov/pages/help and here –> http://fsjna.org/links/steps-to-stomp-out-blight/ to find out what to do. DON’T BE “THAT GUY” Lots of folks say they don’t have time. Someone else will … Read entire article »

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BlightStatus Arrives

Click here to view the City’s presentation at today’s BlightStat meeting. If you are having trouble viewing this message, read this in your browser. MAYOR LANDRIEU, CODE FOR AMERICA TO UNVEIL NEW TECHNOLOGY TO TRACK BLIGHTED PROPERTIES NEW ORLEANS, LA—October 11, 2012 | Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Code for America (CFA) will announce the launch of BlightStatus, a new interactive tool for residents to track the progress of blighted properties within the code Enforcement system in New Orleans. Nearly two years ago, Mayor Landrieu announced a new, aggressive blight strategy aimed at reducing the blight count in New Orleans by 10,000 properties by 2014. A recent study released by The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center showed that blighted properties have been reduced by approximately 8,000 addresses since 2010. The study attributed … Read entire article »

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BlightStat Gets National Recognition

BlightStat Gets National Recognition

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Today, the City of New Orleans announced that its Blight Reduction Strategy has been named a 2012 Bright Idea in Government by Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. The Bright Ideas initiative is designed to recognize and promote creative government initiatives and partnerships and create an online community where innovative ideas can be proposed, shared, and disseminated. “We are thrilled that … Read entire article »

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Code for America

Code for America

Jennifer Pahlka talks about Code for America. A Code for America team is currently working on the BLIGHT STATUS website. … Read entire article »

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BLIGHT STATUS AVAILABLE OCTOBER 11th

BLIGHT STATUS AVAILABLE OCTOBER 11th

BlightSTATUS makes it simple for residents to find out what’s going on with blighted properties in their community – no long waits on the telephone or visits to City Hall required. A great example of government transparency at work, BlightSTATUS pulls up-to-date property information directly from the City’s official records, providing a single, comprehensive and authoritiative view to the public for the very first time. Above you can see the type of information that will be available … Read entire article »

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BlightStat 37

BlightStat 37

by Charlie London The Landrieu administration currently has a goal of removing 10,000 “units” of blight in 4 years. Units are individual apartments/condos or lots with blight. Much of the precipitous drop in blight since 2005 has been individual homeowners refurbishing their homes. The City has instituted a much lauded BlightStat program that has done a tremendous job with few resources. And, there is where the problem is… few resources. When crime is rampant, infrastructure is … Read entire article »

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City Touts Progress in Fight Against Blight

City Touts Progress in Fight Against Blight

article by Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans | photo by Charlie London New Orleans received exciting news this week in the fight against blight in our city. As of March 2012, there are an estimated 35,700 blighted homes and empty lots in New Orleans, down from 43,755 in September 2010, as indicated by United States Postal Service (USPS) data. This means the city of New Orleans is no longer the most blighted city … Read entire article »

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Blight on the Bayou Removed

Blight on the Bayou Removed

This Bayou St. John property cost the property owner $150,000 to demolish the building. Consistent action from the city got the building demolished. The city’s enforcement of laws gave the owner the needed incentive to demolish the property. … Read entire article »

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BlightStat 36

BlightStat 36

photos and article by Charlie London BlightStat 36 | August 9, 2012 Mr. Oliver Wise, Director of the Office of Performance and Accountability, began the meeting with introductions and announcements. No meeting last month due to the implementation of the new city computer system known as LAMA(Land Management). Cameras from MSNBC were rolling. This was the 36th meeting to which the public was invited. Dr. Allison Plyer of the Greater New Orleans Community Data … Read entire article »

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City is Bad Landowner

City is Bad Landowner

article by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press More than 3,000 lots flooded by Hurricane Katrina and bought with federal money in an emergency bailout sit idle across this city — a multimillion-dollar drain on federal, state and city coffers that lends itself to no easy solution. An Associated Press examination of the properties sold to the government by homeowners abandoning New Orleans after the catastrophic 2005 flood has found that about $86 million has been spent on handling … Read entire article »

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BlightStat 35

BlightStat 35

RECORD AMOUNT OF CASES ACCEPTED FOR FORECLOSURE! It was noted at today’s meeting that Ms. Joyce Joseph is now the interim head of the Code Foreclosure process. Ms. Tammy Jackson will continue on as the Deputy Director of Code Enforcement Hearings. Ms. Brenda Breaux has taken a position with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority put their available inventory online. Look for the orange PROPERTY SEARCH tab … Read entire article »

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Love Your Block

Love Your Block

The “Love Your Block” initiative is being funded through a $10,000 gift from Service Nation, which was established to promote volunteerism across America. 20 grants of 500 dollars each were distributed to groups throughout New Orleans. The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association was a recipient of one of the 500 dollar grants. The money was used for improvements at Capdeville Park in Faubourg St. John. Read about it in the link below: http://fsjna.org/2012/05/capdeville-revitalization/ … Read entire article »

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Sheriff Sales June | July | August

Sheriff Sales June | July | August

BUY YOURSELF SOME PROPERTY! For more information, please go to: http://civilsheriff.com/RealEstateSales.asp Ownership of property, either real estate or movables, can be jeopardized by a money judgment or by a delinquent payment on a loan. When the interests of a borrower and/or other defendants in a property are foreclosed, the property is sold to satisfy the debt at a sale called a public auction. The Office of the Sheriff Civil Division is the official auctioneer for Civil Court ordered … Read entire article »

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